Halifax 36 Dewsbury Rams 24: Fightback not enough to knock Halifax off their top-two trajectory

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Halifax stayed hot on the heels of Featherstone Rovers in the chase for second place in the Championship with a comfortable home win over Dewsbury.

Glenn Morrison’s Rams found themselves trailing 18-6 at half-time, despite having dominated for long spells, and although they briefly threatened a comeback at 24-18 midway through the second half, it wasn’t enough.

Dewsbury scored first through second row Shane Grady, with Tom Hemingway kicking them into a 6-0 lead.

Halifax got themselves on the scoreboard at the end of the first quarter when Luke Ambler split the defence from a tap penalty. Centre Steve Tyrer levelled with the conversion, before Halifax took control. It was half-back Ben Johnston who did the damage, beating three defenders to go under the posts, Tyrer adding the extras. And it was 18-6 when Ross Divorty rounded Rams’ full-back Karl Pryce on his way to the line, Tyrer converting.

Halifax stretched their advantage early in the second half, centre Danny Cowling diving over in the corner from an Adam Robinson pass.

Tyrer converted, but Dewsbury replied immediately with back-to-back tries from Grady and Tommy Gallagher, with half-back Keiran Hyde’s conversions cutting the gap to 24-18.

But Halifax full-back Ryan Fieldhouse pounced on Murrell’s clever kick and Tyrer re-established their supremacy at 30-18.

Fieldhouse then set up Gareth Potts, Tyrer converting, before Ryan Wright’s last-minute chargedown from Johnston’s kick gave the visitors some consolation.

Halifax: Fieldhouse; Potts, Cowling, Tyrer, Saxton; Murrell, Johnston; Tonks, Kaye, Ambler, Robinson, Divorty, Adamson. Subs: Bracek, Mennell, Casey, Spencer.

Rams: Pryce; Morton, Hellewell, Wood, Buchanan; Hyde, Thackeray; Hepworth, Hemingway, Spicer, Hale, Grady, Murphy. Subs: Farrell, Wright, Haggerty, Gallagher.

Referee: Jamie Bloem.

attendance: 1,945.

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